Logan Herald Journal, 02/15/13
FAIRVIEW — Connie Monson Rawlings, 90, died peacefully Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, of natural causes at her daughter’s home in Fairview, Idaho. She was born Nov. 26, 1922, to Alma Hyrum and Margaret Ena Peterson Monson in their family home in Preston, Idaho. Her great-grandfather was Christian Hans Monson, one of the first converts of the LDS Church to emigrate from Norway.
She attended Preston schools, graduating from Preston High School in 1940. She played the clarinet in the band and enjoyed other school activities. She loved attending dances at the Persiana in Preston. She also worked at Merrill’s Confectionary. She married Martell Gilbert Rawlings on October 11, 1940. They were sealed in the Logan LDS Temple and shared 71 years of marriage. Connie was a devoted companion to Martell and a beloved mother to 11 children. Two foster daughters, Bernice and Amelia, came into their home through the Indian Placement Program.
Connie served in many LDS Church positions in the Fairview Ward, including seven years as Young Women’s president. She enjoyed being the chorister in many auxiliaries in her ward and served as the Franklin Stake music director. One special event in her life was singing with the Singing Mothers at an LDS conference in the Tabernacle in Salt Lake City. As an active Daughter of Utah Pioneers, she served as captain of the Sara Mar Camp and as county captain. Connie and Martell served an LDS Fiji Suva Mission in the Republic of Karibati in the Gilbert Islands in 1987-88. They also served together as Logan Temple officiators for over 11 years.
Connie enjoyed making beautiful quilts and crocheted into her 89th year. She was a wonderful homemaker and taught her children through example the value of work by gardening, sewing, baking, canning and helping on the farm. She loved music and gave her children opportunities to develop their talents in music, theater, playing instruments and singing. Traveling with Martell was a special highlight of her life. They visited family throughout the world including Florida, Hawaii, Germany and Taiwan. She enjoyed entertaining and having her family come to visit. She loved watching her posterity grow, welcoming each new grandchild with great joy.
She is survived by 10 of 11 children, Gary (Deborah) Rawlings of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Louise (Robert) Sorenson of St. George, Utah, Craig (Kai) Rawlings of Tallin, Estonia, Laraine (LaMont) Harris of Preston, MarJean Pitcher of Ivins, Utah, RaNae (Michael) Blair of Sterling, Utah, Kieth (Marianne) Rawlings of Heber City, Utah, Karla (Barton) Gunderson, of Fairview, Idaho, Kevin (Bonnie) Rawlings of Centerville, Utah, Kirt (Crista) Rawlings of Shingle Springs, Calif.; son-in-law Larry Hone, of Sacramento, Calif.; 49 of 52 grandchildren; 110 great-grandchildren; 24 great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Barbara Rinderknecht of Providence, Utah, and Cleone (Harold) Jones of Rexburg, Idaho. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Martell; daughter Sharen Hone; stillborn twin daughters; three brothers, Dale, Rheal and Garth; four sisters, Norman Murray, Mada Larsen, Louise Hendricks and Deane Edwards; three grandchildren, Chad Rawlings, Sean Harris and RaChelle Blair Akagi; and daughter-in-law Deanne Rawlings.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, in the Fairview 2nd Ward chapel, 165 W. 4800 South in Preston, with Bishop Lewis Palmer conducting. A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Webb Funeral Home, 1005 S. 800 East in Preston, and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church in Fairview. Interment will be in the Fairview Cemetery.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www. webbmortuary.com .